Farmers and Growers are very dear to me, as I have spent months on flower farms both in California and Vermont. I prioritize sourcing local and chemical free plants and flowers. I want to invest in my surrounding communities. I frequent the St. Paul Farmers Market, Minneapolis Farmers Markets and also the new and fabulous Twin Cities Flower Exchange.
Flowers from events may be picked up and repurposed to places of your choosing (within reasonable distance) and/or composted. Recycling = love.
In addition, i swear against using floral foam, a dangerous and popular carcinogen that’s tainting what is masked as a lovely industry. Many florists also process their flowers with chemicals, but I avoid doing this. For some projects that need it, I’ve found a harmless anti-transpirant called Wilt-Pruf. It’s made from pine resin and it misting it on evergreens and the like helps them retain their moisture, which means they will last longer for you.
Please compost your flowers when they die (that’s just a fancy way of saying, throw them in a secret place in your backyard to decompose naturally).